The Raleigh Boychoir
It started with just 20 boys and a $50 donation from the Woman’s Club of Raleigh. But humble beginnings never daunted The Raleigh Boychoir’s vision. Thomas E. Sibley founded the choir in 1968 to give boys with unchanged voices a chance to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music. Sibley believed a choir could help boys develop talent and character – traits that would serve them for a lifetime. Sibley, who worked as music coordinator for the Raleigh public schools as well as organist and choir master at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, directed The Raleigh Boychoir for 40 years. He retired in 2008.
In 1989, the choir purchased its first permanent rehearsal facility, which is still used today. Located on Ridge Road, the building had previously been used as a church and a home. The Raleigh Boychoir made extensive renovations to the facility in 2011 to make it more accessible, functional and visually appealing. The renovations also made the facility a perfect rental choice for small choral or instrumental groups, music teachers, book clubs and the like.
Today, The Raleigh Boychoir holds fast to many of the same traditions that were established more than 40 years ago. Yet the choir continues to evolve and grow with each generation of boys it serves. Highly regarded in the arts community, The Raleigh Boychoir maintains the same vibrancy, professionalism and quality that have set it apart since its beginnings in 1968.
Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.